The Rivers Edge Elementary student canned food drive was a huge success! The food was distributed to many families and everyone was grateful for the help during the holiday season. Pictured, from left, are students from Sandra Foley’s fourth grade class Esbeydy Dumas, Pasquale Giallongo, Derrick Brooks, Kayla Mayes and Megan Dugan.
The 4th and 5th Grade Chorus from Rivers Edge Elementary, under the direction of Mrs. Amy Martinkovic, entertained the participants at Relay for Life in St. Lucie West.
On Thursday, February 11, Rivers Edge 3rd Graders were gifted their very own dictionary. Representatives from Rotary International brought one for every 3rd grader in the school. This supports their goal of increasing literacy in our country. Rivers Edge is grateful for our community helping our students receive the best education possible.
Students who will be high school freshmen for the 2019-2020 school year are encouraged to attend their assigned high school’s open house on Wednesday, March 13 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. For more information, contact your child’s school.
St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates St. Lucie West Centennial High School Athletic Director Steve Ripley as one of six named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame!
For the complete story, read the article recently published in TCPalm: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/07/03/steve-ripley-centennial-florida-athletic-coaches-association-hall-fame/1638718001/
Parents, Grandparents and friends of third, fourth and fifth grade students at Morningside Elementary gathered on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to celebrate Principal’s honor roll (all A’s including conduct), A/B honor roll, and perfect attendance. Principal, Cortina Bell-Gray congratulated students and gave them special pencils and academic achievement bracelets.
Sixth grade Panther team students at Forest Grove Middle School had the unique opportunity to welcome and honor a returning veteran, Captain Brandon Joseph Richard Gray, USAF. Captain Gray is the son of Rik Gray at Lincoln Park Academy and Pam Gray at Forest Grove Middle School. Captain Gray has just returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan. He wanted to visit the school to thank staff and students for all of the cards, letters, and gifts that were sent to him and his troops during his deployment. Sixth grade Language Arts teacher Ilyssa Greene sponsored the outreach. Students have been thrilled to receive letters as well as several service coins from the soldiers in response to their efforts. The students have gone above and beyond to show their appreciation for military troops. Pictured is Captain Gray as he is a guest on the school’s morning news show.
Northport K-8 School was delighted to host retired United States Navy Lt. Commander Jerry Padrta recently as a guest speaker for students in Nick Carey, Georgia Stone, Carla Caldwell, Mindi Slater and Tracey Healy’s fifth and middle grades classes. LCDR Padrta spoke to the students about his upbringing as a child in Northern Minnesota, the hardships and the driving cold weather. He spoke about his school and college experience and perhaps most intriguing to the students and teachers, his naval career spent in a submarine. Padrta gave an eye opening talk about the history of the submarine. The first sub was used in the Revolutionary War in 1777 and was made of wood and steel, he continued the discussion about the great submarine, the Hunley which sank three times and killed all men on board. He spoke about the first ship built by the United States Navy called the Holland in 1900 and the first diesel electric submarines used during WWII. He encouraged students to be tough, face life’s challenges head on and be prepared for the 21st century job market. He also spoke to students about nuclear submarines and energy sources. The students thrilled at the sound of the Claxson bell being rung as Padrta explained that the bell is the common form of communication recognized by all submariners. It means, “Dive, dive, dive!” He also came prepared with a five foot replica of a WWII submarine that the students deeply inspected. The discussion was a great learning experience for students and a primary source is always a welcome and much needed part of the learning and critical thinking experience. Pictured from left are veterans Bill Arnold, Jerry Padrta and Charles Lomonica with several Northport students.
Recently retired United States Army paratrooper Kenneth Frech came to visit students in Sandy Pagliughi’s fourth grade class during a Social Studies lesson Saluting Heroes, September 11, 2012 at Floresta Elementary School. Students were shown a PowerPoint presentation that included pictures from Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. There was also time for a question and answer period following the presentation. One students asked Mr. Frech if he was injured during his service. He answered that unfortunately he now has to wear a hearing aid in one ear because of damage to his eardrum during his tour. Two other students shared personal reflections of their own family serving in World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Pagliughi’s class thanked Mr. Frech for his service and presented him with letters for him to send to his former commanding officer who is still currently serving. Mr. Frech’s visit was part of the school’s Salute to Heroes on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attack. Students participated in a school wide letter writing campaign to thank local heroes. The letters were distributed to local police officers and fire fighters in the City of Port St. Lucie
The Youth Symposium will take place at Lincoln Park Academy.
Registration begins at 8:30.
This is a FREE motivational and empowering activity for elementary, middle and high school students.
Restoring the Village Reunion Weekend
June 17-18, 2016
Restoring the Village Reunion Weekend is an initiative of The Lighthouse Foundation focused on rebranding and reuniting Lincoln Park Village Alumni with the youth of northwest Fort Pierce through mentoring and community service activities. This grassroots community movement (www.restoringthevillage.com) is unifying and organizing resources to make our city a safer and more enjoyable place to live. This unique fellowship seeks to eliminate social, ethnic and financial barriers while permanently binding adults and children alike to the success of the historic Lincoln Park community.
Residents within the Lincoln Park area are excited about this upcoming inaugural event. The weekend begins with mentoring sessions at the renowned Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium. Groups of youth will be exposed to Lincoln Park Alumni both local and from afar with backgrounds in medicine, aeronautics, engineering, professional sports, pharmacy and technical fields. An evening of alumni fellowship will follow the mentoring sessions allowing members to relax and network prior to Saturday’s workday with mentees and the community at large. On Saturday, June18th, the mentoring continues as speakers from the Friday mentoring sessions and other community leaders roll up their sleeves and get busy with the community project painting, landscaping, mulching and cleaning the chosen 25th street corridor. It is during this service to the community phase that mentoring bonds are strengthened.
We are asking you to join us by investing resources and volunteers through sponsorships and contributions. Your sponsorship contribution will go further than we could describe. Our goal is to move the minds of our residents toward hope (specifically the youth), while holding our business owners to higher standards of pride in their physical locations that will pay dividends for generations to come. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be utilized to enhance the community.
How can you help?
There are multiple ways to participate and support in this critical community effort. Listed below are a few ways you can contribute.
• Financial Contributions are desired and graciously accepted
• Scholarships for the deserving students from the community
• Summer 2016 Internships ( paid ) through your business
• Outdoor Cleaning supplies
• Golf carts for water delivery to work area
• Bottle water and refreshments for volunteers
• Trucks and/or trailers for moving mulch from storage area to site
• Foremen with experience managing work crews
• Paint supplies (brushes, rollers, trays)
Visit our firstname.lastname@example.org to register/volunteer or for more information.
Saturday, June 9th is the annual Restoring the Village Community Beautification Program. This year will include special projects in Sheraton Plaza, Paradise Park, Harmony Heights and Sunland Gardens. The 2018 projects will also include other areas of the Lincoln Park Community.
Click on the link below to register as a volunteer:
This year’s Restoring the Village events made a tremendous positive impact on participants and recipients alike as the grassroots effort to work together for the purpose of making the world a better place is influencing the Lincoln Park Community and beyond.
Congratulations to Renee Adderly-Clark who was honored with a Village Keepers Award at the Restoring the Village Banquet.SLPS students appreciated the Youth Symposium, and hundreds of community members poured out to support Community Clean-up Day.
Restoring the Village is a grassroots community movement focused on unifying and organizing resources to make the city of Fort Pierce a safer and more enjoyable place to live. This unique fellowship seeks to eliminate social, ethnic, and financial barriers while permanently binding adults and children alike to the success of the historic Lincoln Park community. Organizers of the Restoring the Village movement look forward to establishing June 9th and 10th as the second annual Restoring the Village Reunion weekend. Click on the link below to learn more about this effort and find out how you can become a volunteer to make a difference in your community.
Under the direction of Dr. Brett Lauren, PhD Director of Graduate Training Professor of Psychology at FAU, Grade 3 through 5 students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition will be participating in a research study entitled ” School Experiences in Childhood and Adolescence.” The purpose of this project is to examine how individual characteristics of friends shape child adjustment and school achievement.
Applebee’s has re-scheduled the FREE Welcome Back Breakfast for teachers, administrators and their families.
All locations EXCEPT for the Fort Pierce Applebee’s will host the breakfast on Sunday, October 22 @ 8:30 AM.
If you want to attend the Fort Pierce Applebee’s Breakfast, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 28 @ 8:30 AM.
If you are no longer able to attend the breakfast, please contact the restaurant directly to remove your name from the reservation list. If you have co-workers that are able to attend due to the new date, please have them call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.
General Flyer for Local Applebee’s (except Fort Pierce location) – October 22nd
Fort Pierce Applebee’s – October 28th
The month of February is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural, and political development of America. On February 19th, Donna Washington joined Gaines Academy in celebrating African American culture through the art of storytelling. Ms. Washington is a renowned story teller and author who had student and teachers of all ages captivated with her narratives. Thank you, Ms. Washington!
She provided the talent on a storytelling tape that was so successful for Children’s Press that the tape was used to make four wordless picture books. It was at this time that Donna began writing books. Her first writing project was an anthology. It has been in the works for almost twelve years. A Pride of African Tales was released in December 2003. It received rave reviews from the American Library Association (ALA) Booklist and the School Library Journal. Pride was nominated for the Pennsylvania 2005-2006 Young Reader’s Choice Award. Donna’s second book, The Story of Kwanzaa, has been in print for eleven years. It is a wonderful primer for kids about the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. Donna’s third book, A Big Spooky House, is a wonderful book to read aloud at Halloween. Her next book will be entitled Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa and will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Donna has performed at thousands of schools and libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the 2004 National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, and the Broward County Children’s and Ocala Storytelling Festivals in FL just to name several.
Remember, Celebrate, and Take Action was the theme of the recent Martin Luther King parade. Second place winner in the elementary division from F.K. Sweet Elementary captured all three aspects perfectly with remembering Dr. King’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, while children celebrate by joining hands and uniting in order to take action. Pictured, art teacher Carey Schott and her committee worked tirelessly to create this year’s beautiful float.
St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.
The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s number one defense against the flu. Our District’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to our students.
Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.
Learn more and sign up your child for a flu shot — it’s not too late!
March 25 is the deadline to register to vote regarding the referendum.
Stay informed about how this will impact the future of our schools and the School District’s ability to recruit and retain quality teachers, ensure a school resource officer is on every campus and enhance mental health services for our children. Visit stlucieschools.org for more information.
Make your voice count.